The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) presents Kaleidoscope: The 21st Annual Honorarium on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub inside The Cromwell.
Celebrating the colorful, ever-changing community, this year’s Honorarium will be an extravagant evening of entertainment and recognition of community heroes. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests will mingle through Drai’s tropical paradise while bidding on an array of silent auction items. Perched atop the 11th floor of The Cromwell, guests will take in stunning views of The Strip while enjoying themed cocktails and light bites at Nevada’s premier LGBTQ fundraiser.
At 7 p.m., the event will move inside Drai’s posh, ultra-stylish interior space as The Center recognizes the following three community leaders and partners for their contributions to the Southern Nevada LGBTQ community and its allies.
- Person of the Year: Patrick C. Duffy
A philanthropist, speaker and treasured art collector, Patrick C. Duffy melds his love for art with his passion to give back. A dedicated executive by day intent on improving the customer experience for guests of Diamond Resorts International, Duffy spends most of his non-working hours participating in a variety of nonprofit organizations within the Las Vegas community. He is chairman of the UNLV Galleries Advisory Board and serves on the boards of “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Southern Nevada and the Opportunity Village Foundation.
- Ally of the Year: Beano Solomon
As a human rights and civic activist, Beano Solomon has had a significant impact within her community by supporting many local cultural institutions. In addition to being an avid supporter of LGBTQ organizations including The Center, Solomon serves on the board of directors for the Nevada Ballet Theater. Additionally, she has also made an impact nationally by changing the way people with AIDS access services at Washington, D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Clinic, successfully suing the state of Utah for the right to have a gay-affirming personalized license plate and much more.
- Corporation of the Year: Las Vegas Sands
In 2014, Las Vegas Sands launched Sands Cares, a cohesive corporate citizenship program dedicated to elevating and expanding efforts in three core areas – people, communities and the planet. As part of this effort, Las Vegas Sands is focused on making local communities a better place to live. The nonprofit has supported a variety of local organizations, including HELP of Southern Nevada, The Shade Tree, Three Square, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and many more. Additionally, Las Vegas Sands made a major contribution to The Center’s capital campaign, assisting in the purchase of the Robert F. Forbuss building.
Guests to this 21-and-over event are encouraged to dress in polychromatic chic attire (colorful fashion). The evening’s emcee is long-time Strip headliner Clint Holmes.
“I’m so impressed that our core of volunteers is once again planning a magnificent event, and I’m similarly thrilled that The Center will be honoring two individuals and an organization that continually make a difference in our community,” said Michael Dimengo, The Center’s chief executive officer. “It’s my hope that many from our community will turn out to give voice to the honors that we want to bestow upon these generous individuals.”
For more information about the Kaleidoscope: The Center’s 21st Annual Honorarium or to purchase tickets, please visit www.thecenterlv.org/Honorarium. Tickets start at $150 per person with VIP upgrades available including poolside cabanas atop Drai’s picturesque rooftop. All proceeds benefit The Center.
Additionally, the nonprofit is currently accepting live and silent auction donations, corporate sponsorships and program ads. Those interested should contact Arlene Cooper at email@example.com or 702-733-9800.